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The Late Movies: Reports from the Apocalypse

Miss Cellania

The apocalypse, for some reason, was supposed to happen today. Just because a calendar ran out?

5 Helpful Holiday Travel Tips from the TSA Blog

Erin McCarthy

The holiday travel season is upon us!

The Missing Links: A Painting Horse

Colin Patrick

Diagnosing the Ailments of the Wet Bandits A real doctor gives their medical opinion on the injuries sustained by Marv and Harry in Home Alone. * Kelsie Frick Is Indeed As She Describes What a

7 Board Games That Probably Weren't Appropriate for Kids

Danny Groner

Board games are a time-honored tradition for kids of all generations to enjoy, and parents depend on them to keep their young ones in check for at least a few minutes at a time.

What is a Supervolcano?

Erin McCarthy

In Yellowstone, the rim of a supervolcano caldera is visible in the distance. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

What's the Best Gag Gift You've Ever Given?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

"A Nun Suit Painted on Some Old Boxes" and 71 Other Great Frank Zappa Song Titles

Colin Patrick

The late Frank Zappa would have turned 72 today. Even if you don’t know much about Zappa, you may be aware of his penchant for creative naming.

6 Memorable Movie Musical Moments That Were Recorded Live

Erin McCarthy

Much ado is being made about the fact that the movie musical version of Les Miserables, out December 25, did not use pre-recorded vocals.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Ground Zero at the Maya Apocalypse The town of Bugarach, France, was reported to be the safest place on earth for the Maya Apocalypse.

What are Frankincense and Myrrh, Anyway?

Matt Soniak

Gold, frankincense and myrrh.In the standard Christmastime narrative of Jesus’ birth, he’s born in a manger and visited by, among others, three “wise men.” These guys are sometimes referred to as King

10 Other Doomsday Predictions That Were Not Correct

Stacy Conradt

We survived! Add it to the list of times the apocalypse was wrongly prophesized.1. 1284. When the Pope decrees something, people tend to listen.

Santas of the Future, as Imagined by Artists of the Past

Erin McCarthy

Novak Archive Science fiction has long been imagining what the future will look like—flying cars, robotic servants, Terminator-like vision—and nothing, not even Santa Claus, has been exempt.

Brain Game: Happy Holidays!

Have a fun and safe holiday season, everyone. Thanks for your continued support of mental_floss magazine

Morning Cup of Links: Still Here

Miss Cellania

The History Behind New York City’s Most Iconic Holiday Decorations. And for those of us who didn't know they were iconic, a nice introduction.

The Late Movies - Guess The Theme 80

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for the game that's sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below, in this case songs, have something in common.